KinderCampers receive visit from local first responders and Smokey the Bear

The students check out a Williams Volunteer Fire Department engine. Submitted photo

The students check out a Williams Volunteer Fire Department engine. Submitted photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - KinderCamp 2014 is off to a good start. The program helps incoming kindergartners build skills that support learning, such as following directions, taking turns, learning with other children, learning by manipulating, investigating, and asking questions.

KinderCamp is a program of the United Way of Northern Arizona. The program started June 2 and ends on Friday, running from 8 a.m. to noon.

This year's staff includes coordinator Deniz Chavez, teacher Natalie Mann, and teacher's assistant Nekol Backey.

Although KinderCamp is an academic program, it includes fun days too. On June 13, the Williams Police Department, the Williams Volunteer Fire Department, National Forest Service, and Smokey the Bear visited students.

This year was exciting for a few of the KinderCamp students since their parents work for these different departments, including John Romero, Chase Pearson and Mario Orozco.

The students had a great time blowing the horns in the fire trucks, sitting in the fire trucks, sitting on the ATV that the police department brought and hugging Smokey the Bear.

The KinderCampers will take part in a Bridging Over ceremony on Friday upon completing the program.

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